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Executive Director 🔥

The Clarendon Alliance is the Clarendon and Courthouse communities’ partnership and membership organization. Established in 1984 and designated as an 501(c)(6) non-profit in 1986, the Clarendon Alliance has a board composed of businesses, property owners, and Civic Association representatives – we represent the entire Clarendon community. The Clarendon Alliance organizes and co-hosts many special events each year, including Clarendon Day, the Urban Village Market at Courthouse, the Arlington Festival of the Arts, the Music by the Metro Concert Series, and the Armed Forces Cycling Classic, just to name a few. In 2008, Clarendon was named home of one of the Ten Great Streets in the United States. The Clarendon Alliance strives to make our community thrive!

The Executive Director will act as the principal officer of the Clarendon Alliance and is responsible for the overall administration, financial management, and day-to-day activities of the organization. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and work with the Board to achieve its three-year work plan, review and suggest refinements to this plan as needed, and build on existing organizational infrastructure to grow and enhance the effectiveness and reputation of the organization.

Responsibilities are aligned closely with our strategic plan and include:

PLACEMAKING: Promote Clarendon and its many attributes to the greater Washington area and to visitors from around the world. Work collaboratively with Arlington Economic Development, Stay Arlington, and other neighborhood BIDS and partnerships within the Arlington community to provide exciting events and programs that enhance the community.

OPERATIONS: HIGHLIGHT EMPHASIS ON EVENT PLANNING. Plan for financial sustainability and viability by conducting a strategic membership development campaign, exploring new potential business structures, maintaining and growing sponsor partnerships, exercising cost saving measures, and identifying opportunities for growth. Prepare and recommend annual plan and operating budgets to the Board for approval. Assure adherence to these plans, maintaining all organizational records and provide the Board with periodic management reports, operating statements and cost and program analyses.

ENGAGEMENT: Actively engage with Clarendon businesses, residents, and nonprofits to understand their needs and concerns, and maintain a customer relationship management database documenting meetings, significant details, and recommendations for action steps. Act as a liaison between the businesses and residents and Arlington County government, in order to ensure everyone’s voice is heard and community issues are addressed.

MEMBERSHIP: Actively seek out new members and build collaborative relationships with restaurants and businesses. Utilize the GrowthZone AMS system to recruit, retrain and track membership. Offer programs and services that provide value to members.

COMMUNITY: Build substantive relationships with government, civic groups, non-profits, and like-minded organizations to strengthen Clarendon’s position in the community. Act as staff to the Board of the Clarendon Alliance and its committees and serve the Board as its spokesperson and as its liaison with the Clarendon and Arlington business community, local, state, and federal government agencies, and other community and professional organizations.


  • The ideal candidate will be a highly energetic and creative self-starter with a proven track record of leading institutional or department growth.
  • Prior management experience, a working knowledge of standard administrative and accounting practices, and strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Work experience in the areas of public/private partnerships, economic and community development, urban revitalization and/or small business development is preferred.
  • Work experience managing junior staff and third party vendors to execute a variety of events and programming
  • Experience in membership development
  • Experience in marketing, social media, branding.
  • The ideal candidate will possess the ability to work with diverse business and community leaders and to function independently.
  • The best candidate will have thorough and progressive experience in organizing, implementing and managing a comprehensive plan to promote local businesses, events, programs, activities and opportunities as well as the ability to efficiently and sensitively incorporate diverse volunteers, individuals, groups, businesses, local government agencies and organizations.

Position Environment

The Executive Director will telecommute but also have access to office space in the heart of Clarendon for mail collection, conference space, and meetings, as needed.

Annual Compensation: $60,000 – $70,000 (+ possible commissions)

Please forward resume and cover letter indicating why you are both interested and qualified for the position.

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